Notices of complaint to be served to two cops who flunked drug test

By Jennifer P. Rendon

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 is set to deliver notices of complaint against two of the three police officers who were found positive for illegal drug use.

The Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) will serve the notice to the personnel of Antique Police Provincial Office (AkPPO) on Oct. 10.

On the other hand, the Roxas City Police Station will hand in the notice of complaint to the Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) member at his last known address.

Brigadier General Sidney Villaflor, Western Visayas police chief, said that the personnel from Aklan was found positive in the re-confirmatory test while the Capiz cop waived his right to challenge the result.

The Capiz cop is now marked as AWOL (absent without official leave).

Meanwhile, PRO-6 is still awaiting the re-confirmatory drug test result for the NOCPPO personnel.

Only the three police officers of the more than 13,000 organic PRO-6 members were found positive for illegal drug use.

The number constitutes 0.000226 percent of the total PRO-6 force.

As of Sept. 24, 2023, PRO-6 recorded that 99.56 percent of its total organic personnel already underwent drug tests.

The remaining 0.44 percent are those personnel with medical conditions and/or under peculiar circumstances such as “on leave abroad, had applied for early retirement, and suffering from extreme medical comorbidity, among others.

When Villaflor assumed post as PRO-6 chief on May 2023, he endeavored to have all PRO-6 personnel undergo drug tests.

He moved for the procurement of 15,000 drug test kits through the Philippine Anti-Drug Strategy (PADS) Fund in a bid to achieve 100% drug-tested organic personnel and have a drug-free workplace.

“This initiative is part of our Internal Cleansing Program. This is a tangible way of checking the personnel’s integrity and commitment to duty.  We now have records, results, and actions to be undertaken for those whose results turned out positive. We will implement the highest penalties to those who will fall short of the expectation of the PNP and the people of Western Visayas,” he said.